Saturday, June 7, 2008

Ladies & Gentlemen, Start your Bikes

Well, it’s been some time since I’ve posted, but it’s soon to happen. My bags are packed and on Monday I’ll get on a Greyhound bus headed for Williamsburg, VA to begin the bicycle trip across the country. I’ll begin cycling on Wednesday, June 11th from Yorktown. I expect it’ll be slow going in the beginning as I get used to the cycling plus there are a number of historic sites in the first few miles: Williamsburg, Jamestown, Monticello (home of Thomas Jefferson).

I will be traveling with another cyclist. Chancy is a student at Indiana State and he contacted me several months ago telling me that he was interested in making the trip. “Sounds good to me,” I told him, not wanting to cycle alone. We’ll meet for the first time when we board the Greyhound bus in Indy.

The route I’ll be taking is the Transamerica Trail which is a series of highways marked out specifically for cyclists wishing to travel across the country. It begins in Virginia and ends in Oregon. The entire trip should take 6-7 weeks and is over 4,000 miles. We’ll be sleeping in tents and asking for restaurants and grocery stores to donate food which will reduce the costs of the trip which will enable more money to be sent to the Compassion International building project. For more information about the building project see the first post to the blog.

I will be taking my laptop along the trip and will be blogging the trip whenever the opportunity presents itself. Please feel free to check in and check it out. There will also be a lot of downtime I suspect so also feel free to send me an email. Below I’ve listed the equipment I’ll be traveling with.

Cycling Gear

Shimano SH-M035 Cycling Shoes

shoe covers

Shimano Cleats

Bike Pedals w/ clips

1 can Halt!

2.5 L hydration system

bicycle helmet (w/ plastic visor)

sunglasses w/ Rx insert

Planet Bike Dual Spot LED/halogen headlight

Lightweight lock

Adventure Cycling Association Maps

Light colored Backpack

Reflective Tape

Handlebar Rearview Mirror

Red LED tail light on bicycle and trailer


Tent - Eureka! Zeus EXO 3

Ground cloth for under tent (tarp)

Sleeping Bag

Sleeping Pad

50' length of parachute cord

LED Headlight




Lightweight nylon bag for food

Stove - MSR SuperFly stove w/ AutoStart ignitor - 5.1 oz

2 canisters isobutane for stove at a time

MSR Blacklite cookset

lexan bowl, cup, utensils

Salt/pepepr shaker

Scotch Brite scrub pad

5 Gallon water container

egg holder

cutting board


3 pair Coolmax Alta shorts with liners

1 pair lightweight nylon shorts/pants (zip off shorts)

1 pair long cycling tights

3 short sleeve Coolmax Alta shirts

long sleeve Coolmax heavy weight cycling jersey


Flip Flops

microfiber fleece vest

rain jacket and pants

4 pair Coolmax socks (3 short, 1 long) (Wal-Mart)

3 pair synthetic underwear (Campmor)

arm warmers

baseball hat


First Aid/Personal Care

First aid kid (Liquid Skin, Neosporin, Band-Aids, ACE Bandage, non-stick gauze pads, kling gauze, safety pins, matches, Tylenol, Benadryl, Sudafed, etc)

Aquis pack towel (hand towel size)

Lip Balm

Sun Screen

Toilet Paper

Foot powder


Camp Soap

Bug Spray



3 - 20" spokes

Kevlar emergency spoke

4 - 20" tubes (bike)

16" tube (trailer)

2 tube repair kits

4 - Continental Top Touring 20" tire (for bike)

16" Primo Comet tire (for trailer)

pump w/ built in pressure gauge

2 spare chain links

Crank Brothers 19 Multitool

2 tire levers

chain lubricant

Duct tape (15' wrapped around a pen barrel)

zip ties

bicycle bell


Leatherman Micra (small pocket knife)

Credit card/debit card/checks/drivers license/passport


Laptop Computer

GPS Garmin Vista

Digital camera

Cateye Enduro 8 (Bicycle Computer)

8 Energizer Rechargable AA batteries & charger


Long Distance Cycling by Edmund R Burke and Ed Pavelka

Bicycling Coast to Coast by Donna Lynn Ikenberry


Rans Rocket Recumbent Bicycle

BOB Trailer

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